Microsoft has begun to notify users of Windows 7 that operating system support is "near the end".
"Windows 7 is still very popular," Kurt Mackie, chief executive of Converge360, who publishes Redmond Magazine, told Fox News in an email.
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And its popularity does not seem to fade. Windows 7 gained users in February, according to Computerworld, citing Net Applications numbers tracking the operating system shares.
In February, Windows 7 had approximately 38% of all computers and about 44% of those working with Windows.
This is close to the share of Windows 10, which actually dropped slightly in February, ending the month with about 40% of all personal computers and 46% of all Windows computers.
Decreasing Windows 7
] As the Windows 7 ending, what can users do? They can continue to use the operating system, but they will become a risky proposition – unless they start paying for maintenance.
"Windows 7 will continue to work, but Microsoft will not issue more free updates, including security patches"
This can make Windows 7 computers extremely vulnerable. Once the flaws in Windows 7 are publicly known, they are often used for attacks. After the January 2020 date, however, Microsoft will probably not repair these vulnerabilities for most consumers, "he added.
This is what Microsoft says on its support page. "While you can continue to use your Windows 7 computer without continuing with software upgrades and security, it will be at greater risk of viruses and malware," said Microsoft.
Windows 7 users will be able to pay Microsoft for software patches – what Microsoft calls Windows 7 Extended Security Updates. But it will not be cheap and the price will increase every year. Then paid patches will finally be terminated after three years.